There is a string of Iraqi refugees being linked to sexual assaults in the United States and this isn’t even the worst of them.
A jury needed less than two hours on Thursday to convict an Iraqi refugee of brutally raping a 19-year-old woman.
The 4-foot-11 woman got in their car and, during the ride, Al Haideri touched her. She said she wanted to go home and she and Al Haideri argued. When Al Haideri’s friend stopped the car, Al Haideri yanked the woman out of the car and took her behind a trash bin behind “I Love NY” pizzeria on Central Avenue by Vly Road.
Al Haideri smashed the victim’s face into the pavement, ripped open her shorts and raped her for 12 minutes as she begged him to stop, Cleary said.
Cleary showed the jury a photo of the victim smiling before she went out that night. She then contrasted that with an image of the woman at Albany Medical Center Hospital, where she lay bloody, beaten and bandaged.
Al Haideri is the third Middle East refugee — all brought to the Capital Region under the same federally funded resettlement program — to be convicted of a sex crime since 2010.
The conviction follows the sex crime convictions of Walid Nehma, 30, an Iraqi refugee who once was a housemate of Al Haideri, and Salah Mhawesh, 34, an Egyptian refugee. All three settled in the Capital Region with help of a program run by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany under a contract with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services.
And this isn’t even the worst case of Iraqi sexual assaults in the US in recent years.
5 Iraqi immigrants arrested in Colorado gang-rape.
Colorado Springs police arrested five Iraqi men Tuesday in connection with what they called a “rare” and “horrific” sexual assault on a woman early July 22.
Lt. Howard Black, who heads the Police Department’s special victim’s unit, said the severity of the attack made it rare in the city, adding that the woman’s injuries could have been life-threatening.
“We don’t see these types of assaults typically in Colorado Springs,” he said.
An El Paso County jury on Wednesday heard clashing portrayals of Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, a 21-year-old Iraqi immigrant accused of “shoving” his hand into the rectum of a semiconscious woman, causing severe internal bleeding.
Doctors at Memorial examined the woman and found internal injuries that were concluded to have come from blunt force trauma, police said.
After the alleged attack, Jasim Ramadon left with the woman. He came back to the apartment without her allegedly saying, “Man she’s going to die and there was blood everywhere.”
Do we really need more of the same with Syrian refugees?